After being named Innovator of the Year in the Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Awards 2021, we're delighted that Recordsure and TCC's Founder and Executive Chair Joanne Smith has been confirmed as a judge for this year's event.

This much-anticipated event shines a light on the talented female leaders, mentors and advocates making their mark on the risk and compliance sector across 17 different award categories.

Ahead of the much-anticipated shortlist announcement in September, here’s everything you need to know about Women in GRC Awards judging panellist Joanne Smith and her award-winning journey so far.

Meet Joanne Smith

An accomplished and innovative entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in finance, compliance and technological development, Joanne Smith has garnered a reputation as one of the RegTech sector’s most well-respected and influential figures.

Joanne began her career working within some of the leading companies in finance and amassed hands-on knowledge of the inner workings of the regulatory sphere, as well as a deft understanding of the industry’s biggest challenges. Using the industry challenges as a catalyst, Joanne founded a specialised compliance consultancy TCC Group in 2001, followed by RegTech business Recordsure in 2012.

Joanne’s long and storied career has been rooted in solving the financial sector’s most enduring challenge: how can firms achieve efficient and effective risk management whilst delivering the best possible outcomes for customers at scale?

Joanne's businesses have achieved several industry firsts

Through TCC and Recordsure, Joanne has consistently led the way in the field of RegTech innovation, amassing a portfolio of ground-breaking compliance tools and accomplishing several significant milestones in the process.

Her development projects have given rise to:

  • The first face-to-face conversation recording solution that meets the security needs of financial regulators and information commissioners
  • The speech recognition system that achieves a high degree of accuracy with multi-party face-to-face conversations
  • The AI system that breaks financial conversations into component parts to streamline a variety of compliance, training, competency and customer insight reviews

Wider recognition and equality advocacy

Joanne’s trailblazing work has won her much industry recognition alongside several prestigious accolades – including 2021’s Innovator of the Year at the Women in GRC Awards, where she has been named Women in Compliance Awards’ Inspirational Woman of the Year.

As a prominent member of the female business community, Joanne has helped to fly the flag for women in tech at a number of forums such as Forward Ladies. Joanne is a passionate supporter of female founders and a serial investor in female-led technology businesses in an effort to address the 1% funding challenges of female entrepreneurs. She also regularly mentors female colleagues looking to develop their own innovative solutions and challenge the current status quo.

Away from her work with TCC and Recordsure, Joanne is also chair of the CBI SME council, passing on her considerable experience running two highly successful SME businesses to help other businesses prosper.

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